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What Does It Mean that the Public Supports Specific Types of Regulation, But Questions 'Regulation' in General?

Sidney Shapiro | Posted 04.29.2012 | Business
Sidney Shapiro

It may be, as cynics are likely to point out, that you can't underestimate the power of the American people to hold two contradictory ideas at once.

The Economist Recycles Old Right-Wing Ideas to Gut Public Protections

Rena Steinzor | Posted 04.22.2012 | Business
Rena Steinzor

The fundamental challenge for The Economist is squaring its anti-regulatory critique with its admission that “most” of today’s regulations have monetized benefits exceeding costs. The magazine likes that, after all. So where’s the problem?

"Job-Killing Regulations and Rhetoric"? So, Why Is Oil Industry Employment at Record Highs?

Paul Abrams | Posted 04.03.2012 | Politics
Paul Abrams

To drill-baby-drill down on the actual data, the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows, U.S. employment in the oil and gas industry has reached record highs despite regulations.

When Democrats Want De-Regulation More Than The GOP

Eli Lehrer | Posted 04.03.2012 | Politics
Eli Lehrer

Republicans need to look for more creative ways to fight burdensome government regulations. They can -- and should -- start by looking at credit union lending.

The Democrats Who Unleashed Wall Street and Got Away With It

Robert Scheer | Posted 04.02.2012 | Business
Robert Scheer

Larry Summers, like Bill Clinton, still defends the reversal of the 1933 Glass-Steagall Act, a 1999 repeal that destroyed the wall between investment and commercial banking put into place by Franklin Roosevelt in response to the Great Depression.

Ron Paul, Rand Paul, and the Oppressive Nature of "Small Government"

C. Robert Gibson | Posted 04.01.2012 | Politics
C. Robert Gibson

For two men who campaigned on getting government out of the lives of private citizens, it's incredibly hypocritical to oppose a woman's right to do what she wants to with her own uterus.

Grow up, Ron Paul

C. Robert Gibson | Posted 03.11.2012 | Politics
C. Robert Gibson

Ron Paul's every-individual-for-themselves rhetoric appeals to young, radical libertarians with simplistic viewpoints of authority, and an ignorance of why government exists in the first place.

Corzine and Madoff: The Fruit of Financial Deregulation

Mark W. Schleisner | Posted 02.14.2012 | Politics
Mark W. Schleisner

The congressional advocates of deregulation insist that a market unfettered by government supervision creates jobs and prosperity. They're right -- i...

Eliminating Regulations That Protect the Health and Safety of Americans Is Not Job Creation

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 01.23.2012 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

The solution to the recession is fairly straightforward. We must increase demand for American goods, create jobs and resolve the home foreclosure crisis. If we continue this regulatory race to the bottom, American manufacturers will be less competitive and fewer -- not more -- jobs will be created.

Gluttons for Punishment

Edward Flattau | Posted 01.22.2012 | Green
Edward Flattau

Republican congressional leaders persist in the belief that advancing economic expansion at the expense of environmental protection is a winning strategy. They never learn.

The Best And Worst Ways Government Can Help Create Jobs

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 11.20.2011 | Business

Unemployment might be stuck at crisis levels, but a new government report suggests two commonly proposed Republican remedies would only have minimal e...

Deregulation Won't Lead To Job Growth: Congressional Budget Office

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 11.17.2011 | Business

The country needs jobs, but cutting back on government regulations may not the best way to get them. Deregulation -- a favorite talking point of c...

What Can Give You Economic Misery, an Embolism, and a Backyard Full of Elephants?

Cliff Schecter | Posted 01.09.2012 | Politics
Cliff Schecter

Although when it comes to the specific date of our mass death, Harold Camping might as well be talking Chinese nuclear development with Herman Cain, i...

Occupy Movement Protesters: New American Heroes? Yes! Movements Take Time, Past Is Prologue

E. Henry Schoenberger | Posted 01.04.2012 | Business
E. Henry Schoenberger

Think about it. We have young adults sleeping outside in Manhattan, protesting against Wall Street Banks -- the symbol of economic inequality; and a ...

Learn from Solyndra, Deregulate the Energy Market

Sunil Sharan | Posted 01.03.2012 | Green
Sunil Sharan

Deregulation, which is, in effect, competition, would move the onus from strapped taxpayers onto cash-rich utilities, assuming there is proper oversight.

When Some Farm Subsidies Go Away, Will Our Food System Be Healthy?

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 12.20.2011 | Green
Wenonah Hauter

Now is a critical time to start asking questions about what the consequences would be -- intended or otherwise -- if subsidies go away.

Let Them Eat Keller

Robert Scheer | Posted 12.19.2011 | Media
Robert Scheer

Funny, he doesn't look like Marie Antoinette. But when former New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller asks his readers if they are "bored by the soggy sleep-ins and warmed-over anarchism of Occupy Wall Street," it displays the arrogance of disoriented royal privilege.

Spearing Sacred Cows

Rep. Keith Ellison | Posted 12.15.2011 | Politics
Rep. Keith Ellison

Last week, I was on MSNBC's Up With Chris Hayes about jobs, the Occupy Wall Street movement and other issues. During the show I said that some regulations have created jobs.

Michael McAuliff

Erasing The EPA: GOP Strategy Would Roll Back Decades Of Protection | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.09.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- America's environmental protections are under a sweeping, concerted assault in Congress that could effectively roll back the federal gov...

How Many Jobs Has Deregulation Cost Us, Sen. Shelby?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 11.27.2011 | Business
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Politicos like Richard Shelby should be forced to tell the truth when they claim they have an idea that will "protect jobs." And if their real motivation is just to make it harder to protect the American people ... well, they should be forced to disclose that, too.

Pan Am: A Dream Takes Flight (Part IV)

Helen Davey | Posted 10.07.2011 | World
Helen Davey

Pan Am was the airline that practically invented aviation. It pioneered air navigation and communications, and its list of "firsts" in the industry is awe-inspiring. Known as the "Queen of the Skies," it was the benchmark by which all other airlines were judged.

Why Conservatives Punish Their Victims: A Lesson From Arizona

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 08.20.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

So far from God, so close to the Republican National Committee When some Simpsons characters took refuge in the local church after a hurricane, the c...

Conversation With Jeff Madrick, Author of Age of Greed (Part One)

Lynn Parramore | Posted 07.31.2011 | Business
Lynn Parramore

"Greed always exists. It rises and falls with the times. But when it's unchecked by government, self-interest rises to a level of greed that overwhelms the economic invisible hand."

The GOP Has Gone From the Party of No to the Party of F You

Mitchell Bard | Posted 07.23.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

The Republicans repeatedly say "F you" to everyone in this country except for the elite wealthy and big corporations. The party has moved so far to the right, its core policies are far out of the American mainstream.

Phone Deregulation Hitting Low-Income Families Across Country, but Advocates Stall Bill in New Jersey

Nathan Newman | Posted 06.21.2011 | Technology
Nathan Newman

While media hype is often focused on broadband, there are still millions of Americans, especially the elderly, who depend solely on a landline phone for their connections to the outside world.